October 20, 2017

The Moto Z First Impressions

Earlier this week, Lenovo launched the Moto Z and Moto Z Play smartphones in Kenya. These are the latest premium devices from the company and are currently available in Kenya for Ksh 69,999 and Ksh 54,999 respectively.

I have had the Moto Z for about two days and I thought I should tell you guys what I think about it. This is a first impressions post that is meant to introduce the phone and is not a full review.

First Impressions

Moto Z in Kenya

The first thing I noticed about the Moto Z is that it is very light and thin. In fact, Lenovo says that this is one of the thinnest flagship smartphones out there. I am using this coming from the Infinix Zero 4 Plus (the review of which will be up on Monday by the way) and I could definitely notice the difference in weight and thickness between the two.

Moto Z Back cover

The Moto Z has a full metal unibody build that gives it a very premium look and feel. The back is smooth and flat with the camera bump towards the top and a 16 pin connector that you can use to snap on a number of mods that help the phone do more. Some of the mods you can snap on include a battery pack that gives you extra power, a camera that allows you 10X optical zoom just to name a few.

Moto Z connectors

Moto Z connectors

At the front is the 5.5 inch AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution. For the couple of days I have had the phone, I have noticed that it is quite good, very bright and responsive. At the very top is the front facing camera with flash. At the bottom you get the fingerprint sensor for locking and unlocking the phone.

No Headphone Jack!

Yes, you have read that right, the Moto Z has no headphone jack. In its place is the USB Type C port. Lenovo ships this phone with normal earphones with the 3.5mm pin and a USB Type C adapter to make it easier for users to connect any earphone to this phone. You do have to carry around the adapter all the time though. At first I forgot my adapter at home but I think I will get used to carrying it around the more I use the phone.

Pure Android

Moto Z back camera

Moto Z back camera

The Moto Z is a favourite among Android fans as it comes with the purest form of Android. It comes with Android Marshmallow out of the box but as soon as you switch it on, you get an update that introduces Android 7.0 Nougat. The software experience has been great so far as it is smooth with no lags.

Since this is pure Android, you get no bloatware with this phone.

Mods

Moto Z hasselbland

Moto Z + hasselblad Camera

As I have mentioned above, the Moto Z has a 16 pin connector that allows you to snap on a bunch of mods to help your phone do what it could not do out of the box. I got the Hasselblad True Zoom camera that improves the camera performance.

I will be reviewing this phone for the next couple of weeks and diving into the details so expect a full review then. You should also expect our review of the Infinix Zero 4 Plus and Huawei Mate 9 next week.

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